Posted in 2018, dinner party, Entertaining Kitchen, harvest, Landlord Contact, milo, soybeans, wheat

Fall Harvest 2018 – Yep… still here.. trying.

The harvesting season has been a stop and go type of situation this year. The rainfall we have received made it so we couldn’t spend any lengths of time in the fields. Wheat sowing the same way. We are unable to sow wheat when it’s muddy and if we plant, and a great deal of rain arrives right after, odds are it will be washed out. Which means the farmer gets to replant. He has already had to do this once. Here’s to hoping we can conquer this season smoothly & quickly here on out! Farming is not for the weak at heart that is for sure. I just shake my head a lot of days and keep moving forward.

 

Rural living does give us some pretty stellar sunsets and sunrises and wide open spaces to take walks. That’s something I really love about farm life.

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We had started back to harvesting soybeans on 10/29/18 by late afternoon Milton found that one of the combine tires was losing air. It is one that we knew was not going to last forever but we were hoping to get through this harvest. Unfortunately it was time to replace it, plus one other one.

I posted on Facebook and Instagram saying I will never complain about how much my car or pickup tires cost again. Two combine tires with repairs and them to come out and put them on was over $5,000.

We were hoping the wheat would be sown and the fall harvest almost done by this point, for many reasons. One of them being our landlord appreciation dinner coming up. This weekend is the one time per year we invite all our landlords to enjoy a meal and visiting at our home.

At this point we are planning to host about 20 people, some of our landlords live out of state and are unable to attend. Most of the work will come late in the week, house cleaning, cakes to bake and main courses to make! I do have the party favors and grocery shopping done! Thank goodness!

Be sure to follow us on Instagram or Facebook to watch us prepare and have our dinner. It really is one of the most enjoyable evenings of our year! Having the people that trust us with their land sitting in our home, sharing stories makes this farming thing pretty cool in my eyes! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!
Julie

Posted in 2018, corn, Entertaining Kitchen, Farm, grain, harvest, milo, soybeans

Corn Harvest 2018

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A couple days after the farmer got back from his hunting trip where he walks and walks in nature searching elk he was able to sit down.  In a combine seat!  It was (when writing this a few days ago)  day 4 and he has been pretty much planted in that combine cab from mid-morning to late into the night.

Starting this go around of corn harvest we had about _______ acres.  Other then our semi-truck giving us issues we have had a pretty smooth harvest.  Come Monday though the semi heads to the repair shop, we have been baby-ing it with water continually.  We are hoping it can be back on it’s wheels by the time soybeans are.  We found out it needs a new radiator.

Overall we felt the production was better than expected.  The yields ran anywhere from 101 to 117 on the non-irrigated corn.  We have soybeans and milo yet to harvest.

I will be preparing and planning for our annual landlord appreciation dinner that is November 3rd.  We set it a little later this year so we weren’t so stressed with harvest and the event.  I am hoping many, if not all can make the dinner, it is one of the times we get to really build relationships with the landowners.  It’s truly a wonderful evening, at least for us! 🙂

Harvesting Corn.Loading the truck.Breakdowns. All a part of harvest.

 

Our soybeans will be next to be harvested in addition to sowing wheat.  We plan to sow about 600 acres of wheat.  Milton has been prepping the drill and combine for the various tasks that are quickly approaching.  I am sure he will have that header in the bean fields this week!

Evening walks find us inspecting fields of soybeans this past week.

Cooler mornings and earlier sunsets make us realize that our outdoor evening family time is coming to a close.  Before we know it the darkness of evening will be at 5:30 or 6:00 p.m.  I like the winter time only because it’s a less hectic schedule and more together time but I miss the sunshine for sure!

I will wrap this up now and find my way to the kitchen to make my family supper.  Thanks for stopping by!

Julie